Average Bench: 66.2% (155th of 1015)

more Based on 19,126 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD20PURX-64P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-64P6ZY0B1, WDC WD20PURX-89P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-78AKYY0, WD20PURX-68P8ZY0, WD20PURX-08EUEE, WDC WD20PURX-64E6EY0, WDC WD20PURX-64D85T0, WDC WD20PURX-64GVNY0, WDC WD20PURX-64P, WDC WD20PURX-70P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-69PFUY0, WDC WD20PURX-69AKYY0, WDC WD20PURX-89P6ZYO, WDC WD20PURX-85D8PB0, WDC WD20PURX-64EFGY0, WD20PURX-64P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-64A, WD20PURX-78P6ZY0, WD20PURX-64GVNY0, WDC WD20PURX-64GVNYO, WD20PURX-08DJEU, WDC WD20PURX-64VNY0, WD20PURX-001CA0, WDC WD20PURX-78P6ZY0, WDC WD20 PURX-64AKYY0, WDC WD20 PURX-78P6ZYO, WDC WD20 PURX-64PFUY0, WDC WD20PURX-08U6AA0, WDC WD20PURX-60GVNY0, WDC WD20PURX-25T0FY0, WDC WD20PURX-64E5EYO, WDC WD20PURX-64P6ZYO, WDC WD20PURX-78P6ZYO, WDC WD20PURX-64N96Y0, WDC WD20PURX-78P, WDC WD20 PURX-78P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-64P6EY0, WDC WD20 PURX-64GVNY0, WDC WD20PURX-78P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-64P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-64E5EY0, WDC WD20 PURX-64P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-64D85Y0, WDC WD20PURX-74P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-60P6ZY0, WD20PURX-64E5EY0, WD20PURX-08JDJD, WD20PURX-64D85Y0, WDC WD20PURX-64PFUY0, WDC WD20PURX-64AKYY0, WDC WD20 PURX-89P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-89P

The WD Purple is a surveillance drive with low power consumption and a design that's optimized for 24x7 operation. There is actually little beyond marketing that separates the Purple from the Red and Green drives. They all share almost identical hardware. The thing that does differentiate the Purple drives is their firmware which supports AllFrame, a surveillance specific feature. Allframe handles the cache in a way that is optimized for video streams. The AllFrame technology however is only enabled when used in conjunction with a supported host controller, most of which are only found in dedicated NVR (Network Video Recording) devices. As a result there is no benefit in using this drive in a HTPC to record video streams, because the surveillance specific functions won't be enabled. In terms of effective speed the Purple lags the new Red and Green drives by around 26%. [Oct '14 HDrivePro]

Above average average bench

The WD Purple 2TB (2014) averaged 33.8% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.89MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 2.25MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Purple 2TB (2014) is 47.2%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Purple 2TB (2014) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 62.2MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 115MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 19,126 samples)
Min Avg Max
66.8 Read 116 152
65.9 Write 115 148
29.9 Mixed 62.2 79
60.9 SusWrite 115 151
74.7% 102 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.5 4K Read 0.74 0.9
1.1 4K Write 2.25 2.7
0.5 4K Mixed 0.89 1
172% 1.29 MB/s
User Benchmarks BenchSequentialRandom 4kDeep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
916GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 118 121 120 118 123 120 MB/s
Read 141
Write 145
Mixed 73.8
SusWrite 120
88% 120 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.4
4K Mixed 1
193% 1.43 MB/s
88GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 100 91 87 100 109 102 MB/s
Read 80.7
Write 83.2
Mixed 46.3
SusWrite 98
56% 77.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 2.1
4K Mixed 0.8
157% 1.2 MB/s
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MSRP ≈ $93 @ launch in Jul '14
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Desktop 107%
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Workstation 192%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z590-E GAMING WIFI

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 99% - Outstanding Total price: $859

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